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Old 09-24-2012, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Texas
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“The electric field of the ion trap holds charged particles in place and Coulomb repulsion causes them to spontaneously form a spatial ring crystal,” says Xiang Zhang, a faculty scientist with Berkeley Lab’s Materials Sciences Division who led this research. “Under the application of a weak static magnetic field, this ring-shaped ion crystal will begin a rotation that will never stop. The persistent rotation of trapped ions produces temporal order, leading to the formation of a space-time crystal at the lowest quantum energy state.”
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Old 09-27-2012, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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But what is the use of having a perfectly accurate clock, if everybody else's clock is wrong?
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Old 09-27-2012, 07:44 PM
 
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Maybe down the road, everybody will have one.
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